verb (used without object), stood, stand·ing.
- to take or hold a particular course at sea.
- to move in a certain direction: to stand offshore.
verb (used with object), stood, stand·ing.
noun, plural stands for 28–49, stands or, esp. after a numeral, stand for 50.
- to uphold; support: She stood by him whenever he was in trouble.
- to adhere to (an agreement, promise, etc.); affirm: She stood by her decision despite her sister's arguments.
- to stand ready; wait: Please stand by while I fix this antenna.
- to get ready to speak, act, etc., as at the beginning of a radio or television program.
- to be ready to board a plane, train, or other transport if accommodations become available at the last minute.
- Law. to leave the witness stand.
- to step aside; withdraw, as from a competition: I agreed to stand down so that she could run for the nomination unopposed.
- to leave or take out of active work or service: to stand down some of the ships in the fleet.
- to represent; symbolize: P.S. stands for “postscript.”
- to advocate; favor: He stands for both freedom and justice.
- Informal. to tolerate; allow: I won't stand for any nonsense!
- to be in association or conspiracy with.
- to enjoy the favor of; be on friendly terms with.
- to keep or stay at a distance.
- to put off; evade.
- to depend on; rest on: The case stands on his testimony.
- to be particular about; demand: to stand on ceremony.
- Nautical. to maintain a course and speed.
- to project; protrude: The piers stand out from the harbor wall.
- to be conspicuous or prominent: She stands out in a crowd.
- to persist in opposition or resistance; be inflexible.
- Nautical. to maintain a course away from shore.
- to supervise very closely; watch constantly: He won't work unless someone stands over him.
- to put aside temporarily; postpone: to let a project stand over until the following year.
- to continue to hold; persist in: to stand to one's statement.
- to keep at steadily: Stand to your rowing, men!
- to wait in readiness; stand by: Stand to for action.
- to come to or remain in a standing position: to stand up when being introduced.
- to remain strong, convincing, or durable: The case will never stand up in court. Wool stands up better than silk.
- Slang. to fail to keep an appointment with (someone, especially a sweetheart or date): I waited for Kim for an hour before I realized I'd been stood up.
- to defend the cause of; support: No one could understand why he stood up for an incorrigible criminal.
- to serve a bridegroom or bride, as best man or maid (matron) of honor.
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Idioms for stand
Origin of stand
synonym study for stand
British Dictionary definitions for stand for (1 of 2)
verb (intr, preposition)
British Dictionary definitions for stand for (2 of 2)
verb stands, standing or stood (mainly intr)
- to remain motionless
- (foll by for) US to tolerateI won't stand still for your threats
- a position on the floor of a shearing shed allocated to one shearer
- the shearing equipment belonging to such a position
Derived forms of standstander, noun
Word Origin for stand
Idioms and Phrases with stand for (1 of 2)
Represent, symbolize, as in The stars and stripes stands for our country. [Early 1600s]
Advocate, support, uphold, as in The National Writers Union stands for freedom of the press. [c. 1300] Also see stand up for.
Put up with, tolerate. This usage is generally in a negative context, as in Mother will not stand for rude behavior. [Late 1800s] Also see hold still for.
stand for something. Have some value or importance, as in She realized that appearances do stand for something. This usage dates from the mid-1800s but was preceded by stand for nothing, meaning “be worthless,” dating from the late 1300s. Also see stand in for.
Idioms and Phrases with stand for (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with stand
- stand a chance
- stand at ease
- stand by
- stand corrected
- stand down
- stand fast
- stand for
- stand guard
- stand in awe
- stand in for
- standing joke
- standing on one's head
- stand in good stead
- standing order
- stand off
- stand on
- stand one's ground
- stand on one's own feet
- stand out
- stand over
- stand pat
- stand still for
- stand the gaff
- stand the sight of
- stand to reason
- stand up
- stand up and be counted
- stand up for
- stand up to
- stand up with
- can't stand the sight of
- heart misses a beat (stands still)
- (stand) in awe of
- it stands to reason
- know where one stands
- make a stand
- make one's hair stand on end
- not have (stand) an earthly chance
- take a stand
- without a leg to stand on